Faculty and Staff Information for Campus Reopening for UWM at Washington County and UWM at Waukesha

The UWM College of General Studies (CGS) priority is the safety of students, staff, and the community. Each employee, student, and community member has an important role to play in maintaining a safe environment. Read UWM’s Health and Safety Policy here.


The full UWM College of General Studies Reopening Plan is available here.

CGS is committed to creating a safe environment on its campuses.

Faculty/Staff Guidelines

  • Faculty and staff should monitor their health and check for COVID-19 symptoms daily and not enter campus grounds if sick.
  • Faculty and staff will wear face coverings/masks while indoors. Face coverings/masks must cover both the nose and mouth. Some exceptions to this face mask rule exist.
  • Faculty and staff will maintain six-foot physical distance, space allowing.
  • Faculty and staff are expected to follow safety guidelines on UWM branch campuses.
  • Faculty and staff will report symptoms identified with COVID-19 to their respective representative.

UWM Rapid Results Testing

UWM and other UW System campuses are serving as locations for a “surge testing” effort aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The program done in partnership with UW System and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides free, rapid-results tests for UWM employees and students at UWM’s Waukesha and Washington County campuses.

Employees must make an appointment at www.doineedacovid19test.com. Those with symptoms should get tested as soon as possible; if a campus appointment isn’t immediately available, the employee should go to a community testing site or see their personal health care provider.
Once registered, employees will go to the testing site, show their UWM ID, self-administer an antigen test under the supervision of medical professionals and wait about 15 minutes to retrieve their results by logging into the same website on their smartphone.
Confirmatory PCR tests will be provided to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms but tests negative, and anyone who doesn’t have symptoms but tests positive.
Read more on this testing availability on our main College of General Studies Coronavirus page or by visiting UWM’s Rapid Results Testing page.

Academic Calendar

UWM’s academic calendar will not change.

It is highly recommended that instructors teaching face-to-face courses with experiential learning components (e.g., labs, performance, studio arts, etc.) front-load the experiential components as much as possible in order to meet course learning outcomes earlier in the semester in the event public health conditions warrant closing one or more campuses.

Course Preparations

Instructors teaching face-to-face courses should be prepared to transition courses to online or remote learning opportunities. It is understood that some courses, especially those with experiential components, may not have online alternatives. If this is the case, these expectations should be communicated in the syllabus and verbally to students at the very beginning of the semester. Instructors of courses with in-person components (hybrids and face-to-face) must be prepared to provide students not able to attend the in-person class sessions 6 of 15 with learning opportunities that allow for students’ successful completion of the course and learning outcomes.

Other course preparations include:

  • Instructors are required to load course content, grade books, and other course essentials into Canvas prior to or soon after the semester start.
  • A back-up instructor will be assigned to each course and given access to the Canvas course.
  • Additional guidance to instructors will be communicated through departments, Dean’s Office, and Provost’s Office. The Provost’s Office will provide standardized syllabus information for all instructors to include in their syllabi.

Classroom Protocols

Classroom capacities are being changed to limit occupancy to allow for six-foot physical distancing.

  • Seating will be marked to indicate safe seating patterns. Instructor spaces will be marked on classroom floors to provide visual clues to safe distancing.
  • Classroom ingress/egress protocols may be implemented depending on enrollments and the space characteristics.
    • For classrooms with doors in the back, students should fill seats at the front of the classroom first from the center of the row to aisle, then fill seats toward the back of the classroom.
    • The opposite applies to rooms with doors at the front of the room.
  • Rooms with two doors may have Entrance Only/Exit Only signage.
  • Students will be expected to maintain physical distancing when queuing for class and during ingress/egress.
  • Each individual is responsible for cleaning one’s space before and after use.

Meeting Protocols

To maintain a safe environment, most meetings should be conducted virtually.

  • Meetings with less than five individuals can be in person if conducted in a space allowing for suitable social distancing. Masks must be worn.
  • To the extent possible, instructor office hours and student conferences should be conducted in a virtual environment.
  • Instructors and students with experiential components should follow the appropriate protocol established for those courses, labs, and spaces.

Staff Mailrooms and Common Areas

Staff mailrooms and common areas (e.g., break rooms) will remain accessible.

  • Appropriate physical distancing and group-size guidelines apply. It is highly recommended that the mailroom and break room occupancy be limited to one person at a time.
  • Signs stating occupancy limits will be posted at entry points. Doors to these rooms will remain open to minimize contact with surfaces.
  • Each individual is responsible for cleaning one’s space before and after use.
    • Pick up of mail and packages will be available from 108 at WSH & A118 at WAK or Southview mail room.
  • Some furniture will be removed/relocated to facilitate social distancing.

TRiO and Academic Success Centers

TRiO and both Academic Success Centers (ASC) will serve students face-to-face and virtually. TRiO and ASC will have limited staff and hours.

  • Math and Writing tutoring at Waukesha and Washington County:
    • Campus math tutoring will be held in-person in the WAK ASC and the WSH ASC.
    • Campus writing tutoring will take place virtually. Face-to-face writing tutoring will be available by appointment.
  • TRiO Student Support Services:
    • TRiO math tutoring will be offered in-person in the ASC at WAK and in the TRiO Center at WSH. Online TRiO math tutoring will be available by appointment.
    • TRiO advising, writing tutoring, and academic coaching at both Waukesha and Washington County will continue online until it is safe for all students and staff to return to campus.

Diversity Centers

Diversity Centers will be open and staffed by students up to four hours per day, coinciding with when most campus-based classes will be held. Each Center will have occupancy limits, based on the respective space.

  • We do not plan to offer programming in the Diversity & Pre-College Center at Waukesha.
  • The staffed time would likely be limited and focused to M-Th (2-3 days).
  • At the Waukesha campus, Millie Wenzel will continue Pre–College programming virtually through 2020.


Bookstores on each campus will have in-person and online operations.

  • Each Bookstore will have posted occupancy limits and social distancing signage for in-person shopping.
  • Students can order books online and have contactless delivery at the campus or by mail.

Continuing Education Operations

UWM CGS Continuing Education serves a wide variety of constituencies, including many who have heightened risk factors themselves or within their families. To best protect the ability of our UWM CGS community to participate in Continuing Education instruction and activities, participants and staff must follow all UWM Covid-19 guidelines which include:

  • CE in-person events will be developed and conducted so that social distancing and safety guidelines can be maintained.
  • CE Offices will be open, but with capacity limits.